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School of Education Degree Programs

Avila's School of Education has been preparing teachers since 1940! The School of Education has a strong tradition of preparing reflective teachers who impact the changing world. 

"Be all that you can be. Find your future - as a teacher."  Madeline Fuchs Holzer

Elementary Education (Grades 1-6), Bachelors of Science

Advisors

Last Names A-L
Last Names M-Z
Alicia Murillo
Dr. Sue Ellen McCalley
816.501.2465
816.501.2433
Alicia.Murillo@avila.edu
SueEllen.McCalley@avila.edu

Elementary Education

Avila University's Bachelor of Science Elementary Education degree is a four-year program that recognizes the importance of classroom and field-based instruction. The curriculum provides teacher candidates with multiple opportunities to work in elementary classrooms throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. Throughout the program, professors will prepare teacher candidates to be quality teachers who positively impact the learning of children and youth. The degree program prepares Avila students to teach elementary (grades 1-6) students.

Elementary Major Requirements

4-year plan

Middle School (Grades 5-9), Bachelors of Science

Advisors

Language Arts
Mathematics and Science
Social Studies
Dr. Natalie Cobb
Mrs. Alicia Murillo
Mrs. Alicia Murillo
816.501.2432
816.501.2465
816.501.2465
Natalie.Cobb@avila.edu
alicia.murillo@avila.edu
aliclia.murillo@avila.edu

Middle School Education

Middle school education is an exciting and rewarding career. At Avila, a student can prepare to become a teacher in grades 5-9 in a variety of subjects. The curriculum provides students with multiple field-based and clinical experiences in diverse settings. Avila's Bachelor of Science Middle School degree program is designed to provide depth in a content area as well as skills in effective teaching.

CONCENTRATION AREAS
Avila offers middle school (5-9) teacher certification in four different concentration areas. Students must choose at least one.

5-9 Language Arts
Language Arts degree requirements
4-Year Plan

5-9 Mathematics
Mathematics degree requirements
4-Year Plan

5-9 Science
Science degree requirements
4-Year Plan

5-9 Social Studies
Social Studies degree requirements
4-Year Plan

 
Art Education (Grades K-12), Bachelors of Arts

Advisor

Dr. Natalie Cobb
816.501.2432
Natalie.Cobb@avila.edu

Art Education (K-12)

Avila University offers K-12 certification in art. Students who wish to teach art will major in art  education. During the program, students will be exposed to elementary, middle school and high school art classrooms. Students can choose which grade level they wish to complete their Final Clinical Experience (student teaching). Upon successful completion of the program requirements, students will earn a Bachelors of Art in Art Education.

Art Education certification requirements
4-Year Plan

Physical Education (Grades K-12), Bachelors of Science

Physical Education

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Education is designed for students who wish to become a PE teacher at the K-12 level. This programs combines the required physical education courses and education courses needed to become a certified PE teacher.

K-12 Physical Education Degree Requirements
Long Range Plan

Advisor


Dr. Natalie Cobb
816-501-2432
Natalie.cobb@avila.edu
Special Education (Grades K-12), Bachelors of Science

Advisor

Dr. Sue Ellen McCalley
816.501.2433
SueEllen.McCalley@avila.edu

Special Education

Special education teachers are in great demand. To meet this challenge, Avila offers a unique program to those interested in working with special needs students. The Bachelor of Science in Special Education degree leads to dual certification in mild/moderate cross categorical special education (K-12) and elementary education (1-6). The special education degree is often a 4.5 or 5 year program.

Special Education degree requirements
Long Range Plan

Business Education (Grades 9-12), Bachelors of Arts

Advisor

Dr. Natalie Cobb
816.501.2432
Natalie.Cobb@avila.edu

Business Education

The Bachelor of Science in Business Education is designed for students who wish to become a business teacher at the high school level. This programs combines the required business courses and education courses needed to become a certified business teacher.

Business Education degree requirements
4-Year Plan

Chemistry Education (Grades 9-12), Bachelors of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Education is designed for students who wish to become a chemistry teacher at the high school level. This programs combines the required chemistry courses and education courses needed to become a certified chemistry teacher.

Chemistry Education Degree Requirements
4-Year Plan

Advisor


Mrs. Alicia Murillo
816-501-2465
Alicia.Murillo@avila.edu
Secondary Education Minor (Grades 9-12)

Advisors

English and Speech/Theatre
Biology
Social Studies
Dr. Natalie Cobb
Mrs. Alicia Murillo
Mrs. Alicia Murillo
816.501.2432
816.501.2465
816.501.2465
Natalie.Cobb@avila.edu
Alicia.Murillo@avila.edu
Alicia.Murillo@avila.edu

Secondary Education Minor

Students that want to teach at the Biology, English, Social Studies (History) or Speech/Theatre at the high school level will major in the appropriate subject area and a minor in secondary education.  Avila's Bachelor of Science Secondary Education minor is designed to provide depth of knowledge in the content area as well as the skills necessary to be an effective teaching. The School of Education also offers Bachelor's degrees for those who want to teach high school Business or Chemistry. (see the degree requirements for those certification areas).

CONTENT AREAS
Avila offers secondary (9-12) teacher certification in the following areas:

Biology

9-12 Biology certification requirements
Long Term Plan

English

9-12 English certification requirements
Long Term Plan

Social Studies

9-12 Social Studies certification requirements
Long Term Plan

Speech/Theatre

9-12 Speech Theatre certification requirements
Long Term Plan

For information on the major, please click the desired major below.

Biology

English

History

Theatre

"When I was looking into my options for a university, Avila immediately caught my eye. From the very first day I visited campus, I was connected with my academic advisor. Beyond the small class sizes and direct support from faculty, the education program at Avila provided me with the opportunity to visit urban, suburban and rural districts on both sides of the state line, which allowed me numerous opportunities to network with teaching professionals. I am very proud to say that the faculty and staff at Avila have helped shape me into the person and strong educator I am today." - Courtney Hansen, Elementary Education

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Grow Your Own Scholarships Awarded

Avila University's School of Education is excited to award two full-ride scholarships to Grow Your Own participants Helena Cadena (Ruskin High School) and Stephanie Basurto (Turner High School). The scholarship recipients are part of the School of Education's Grow Your Own program. Students enrolled in the program are interested in becoming a teacher. They earn 6 hours of college credit in their senior year. The district covers the cost for the coursework, with the understanding that upon earning their teaching certification the students will return to the district and teach for 3 years. 

Kansas City Public Schools Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to alum, Diane Mora, for being named Kansas City Public Schools Teacher of the Year! Diane received her Master's in TESL and added ELL certification in 2013. The School of Education is very proud of her accomplishments!

District and Regional Teacher of the Year

Cindy Long was named Grandview School District Teacher of the Year. She was then chosen as the Regional Teacher of the Year! Cindy received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Avila. She is currently teaching first grade at Martin City K-8 School in the Grandview School District. Congratulations Cindy! The School of Education is proud of your accomplishments.

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